IDF Counter Terror Competition

The IDF Counter Terror Competition is an annual event, which tests the IDF SF units' operational readiness for handling hostage rescue and CT operations. The event, which takes place in the IDF Counter Terror School, began in 2001.

Participation in the competition is voluntary and is open for all IDF units which undergone a CT course at the Counter Terror School as part of their training regime. Each unit interested in participating sends one fully equipped team to the event. In order to limit any special preparation for the event, the units received notice on the exact date of the competition less then a month before it actually takes place.

During the event the units compete in a variety of areas such as: CQB, Krav Maga, Sniping and Sharpshooting, and conduct both paintball and live fire exercises. Awards are granted in three main results categories: Unit, Commanding Officer and Personal Record.


Five units participated in the 2003 event: Shaldag, Duvdevan, PALSAR Golani, PALSAR Tzanhanim  and PALSAR Givati.

  • Unit Category: 1. Shaldag, 2. PALSAR Givati, 3. Duvdevan.

Operators armed with paintball guns during the IDF 2003 Counter Terror Competition (photo: IDF).


Six units participated in the 2004 event: Shaldag, Duvdevan, PALSAR Golani, PALSAR Tzanhanim , PALSAR Givati and PALSAR NAHAL.

  • Unit Category: 1. Duvdevan, 2. Shaldag, 3. PALSAR Givati

  • Commanding Officer Category: 1. Duvdevan, 2. PALSAR Givati

  • Personal Record Category: 1. Shaldag.

Operator armed with a M4A1 fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21, a flip-up sight and a forward grip during the IDF 2004 Counter Terror Competition (photo: IDF).

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